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Weitzer Boys Celebrate Cousin’s Birthday on Nemahbin Lake

Weitzer Boys Celebrate Cousin's Birthday on Nemahbin LakeGot out with the Weitzer boys to celebrate their cousin Ben’s 10th birthday on Nemahbin Lake.

Last year I met the family following a High Interest Day event at Brookfield Elementary School where I was fortunate enough to introduce K-5 students to the sport of fishing.

Following that event, they embarked on a Father’s Day Trip on LaBelle for walleyes and smallmouth.

Now it was time to reconnect for this special birthday celebration with Ben, Noah, and Gabe as we targeted Large and Smallmouth Bass as well as Walleye and Crappie.

We started out casting Havoc Beat Shads, and Gulp Sinking Minnows on the flats of Upper Nemahbin.
The first 30 minutes Noah tangled with a Smallmouth Bass that was kind enough to give us an “aerial hello” before giving a sly smallmouth smile and spitting Noah’s hook.

Then the chilly wind started to blow out of the Southwest so we changed up slightly and started throwing Berkley Cutter 90+s on the windblown flats of Upper Nemahbin and almost instantly Gabe took a nice 16″ walleye.

Around 7:30 a.m. we moved to Lower Nemahbin and started drifting for Crappie with slip bobbers and fatheads minnows. The smaller the minnow the better it seemed. Each drift on key stretches of Lower each had the kids catching at least 1 every pass with a few “escape artist/bait stealers”. The key was keeping the minnows pretty tight to the bottom and in their faces. If we drifted too fast, the bait would come up too high and the Crappie were reluctant to chase.

Finally, we spent the last part of the trip back throwing Cutters on Lower and the Largemouth cooperated there as well, but they were even smaller!

The boys jumped out of the boat at 10:00 a.m. and for Perkins to enjoy some pancakes with mom and dad. Fish stories were told I’m sure!

Chilly Walleye Fishing on Lake LaBelle

Chilly Walleye Fishing on Lake LaBelleLake LaBelle offered the young clients this morning some pretty tough spring fishing conditions to target walleye.

img_1216The boys showed up bright and early at the pier on LaBelle with the windchill from the 20 mph gusts in the mid 20’s!

But given these hard core anglers decided to exhibit their tenacity, bunker down, and get after those elusive walleye.

First stop of the trip to some shoreline rocky cover was in order to get the boys acclimated to the conditions and warm up by casting the windblown shorelines for smallmouth bass.

img_1215Mark did hook up with a nice smallmouth bass who must not have gotten the memo on acting lethargic with the cold front. This fish came airborne on his initial hookset and gave us quite the tail walking show before breaking our hearts as he came unbuttoned right next to the boat.

img_1210With the wind behind the boat, the boys’ really had to focus on their casting to avoid snagging the various trees, docks, and other shoreline cover that these smallmouth like to use early in the morning. It seemed that if the conversation in the boat turned just a little too silly, sure enough they’d be hung up  😆

In order to keep the spirits high and the boys engaged, we decided to move off shore and start to focus on the goal of getting them on the walleyes deep!

On the first pass we missed 3 bites that had us thinking we would succumb to some short striking fish!

BUT the boys preserved and on the next pass the walleyes that bit our live bait presentations were solidly hooked by this time and placed in the bottom of the net with some great teamwork!

BONUS TIP: If ever faced with a spring time cold front in Waukesha County, targeting Crappie can be a fun way to enjoy fishing with friends as well!